Just when the organising team at Polaris was busy wrapping up last minute preparations for their BMM fest, which had to begin less than 48 hours, the news of the blasts came in, creating a sudden doubt among participants about whether the fest will be on schedule or not. “Despite the shocking news, we decided to go ahead with the fest. We empathise with all those who’ve been affected. To mourn the loss, we wore plain black T-shirts on the first day,” says Aayush Puthran, events head, Polaris 2011.
The first day of the three-day fest that kicked off on July 15 saw various teams from different colleges battling it out at the dance competition, which was won by the Batabano contingent from KC College. At the fashion event, Jai Hind and St. Xavier’s College shared the best prize for design.
With the fest theme being ‘carnival’, the float making competition saw stupendous participation. The team from St Xavier’s College floored the judges with their elaborate creation that utilised a bed as a base, and took home the first prize. The inter-college band competition witnessed a crazy turnout, not to mention the equally astounding variety of music the acts on stage dished out.
From re-hashed versions of popular Bollywood hits like Bhag DK Bose… and I hate you like I love you… to The Wonders’s That thing you do… the event saw and heard them all. The band from Jai Hind College, who performed a rock rendition of Dhan tan nan… won the first prize. The college also went on to lift the trophy for the overall best college at the fest. Said Sid Coutto, who was one of the judges at the event, “Some of the acts were really great and there’s one thing I know for sure — Delhi Belly is really popular!”
The film’s popularity among the students could be gauged by the incredible response they gave to the band Yaari that delivered a guest performance with the number ‘Switty switty...’. Nirmiti, a Carnatic-Western cappella group of X Factor fame also performed their version of ‘Choli ke peeche…’ at the event among others. The fest concluded with a finale power packed performance by rock outfit Zedde.